Holman Corporate Leaders

At Holman, family isn't just a tagline. It's the way we've done business since 1924. Our commitment is to provide every client with a personalized, exceptional automotive experience. The Holman name stands for honesty, respect, and integrity in servicing our customers, driven in part by our leaders who reinforce the core values of our family-owned business:

 
Brian R. Bates
President & Chief Executive Officer of Holman Consumer Services
     
Brian is responsible for leading three of Holman's six businesses: Holman Automotive, Steward Financial Services and Holman Insurance Services. Brian joined Holman in 1989 as a service advisor intern. An ASE-certified technician, Brian also completed an internship at ARI's Technical Resource Center. Upon graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Economics in 1991, he joined ARI as a financial analyst and went on to serve in several management positions across the companies, eventually being named Chief Financial Officer for Holman. As CFO, he was responsible for the global financial operations for the entire organization.

Gene Welsh
President of Holman Automotive

Gene was appointed President of Holman Automotive in 2018. Prior to that Gene served as Executive Vice President of Retail Operations for Holman Automotive. Gene has been with the Holman organization for nearly 30 years. During his tenure with Holman, he has held various positions including leading the global sales and marketing efforts of Holman's fleet management business, ARI.
 
Glenn A. Gardner
Executive Vice President of Real Estate & Senior Retail Advisor

Glenn was appointed Executive Vice President of Real Estate in 2018. A graduate of Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Glenn joined the Holman organization in 1983. During his tenure, Glenn has served as Assistant Controller, Controller, and General Manager of Holman Ford in New Jersey. Glenn was promoted to Executive Vice President of Retail Services in 2016 after successfully overseeing the growth of Holman's Southern Dealership Operations for 14 years.
Laura Carlisle
Chief Financial Officer

Laura was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Holman Automotive in 2016. She began her career with Kuni Automotive in 1994 as a dealership controller. Laura is a member of both the Oregon Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
 
Matt Newell
Senior Vice President, Legal

Matt serves as Senior Vice President of Legal for Holman Automotive. Matt joined Kuni Automotive in 2011 and led the legal department during a period of acquisition and growth activity. He partners with general managers and the rest of the senior management team to provide counsel for contract negotiations, real estate development, litigation, and acquisitions. Matt received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota, and his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Petter Witt
Senior Vice President, Aftersales

Petter was appointed Senior Vice President, Aftersales in 2018. Petter previously served as Platform Senior Vice President for Holman Automotive's Northeast stores. Prior to joining Holman, Petter spent 17 years at BMW where he held numerous strategic leadership positions within the organization. Most recently Petter served as Executive Vice President, Operations, responsible for all of BMW's sales operations within the United States. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Skidmore College.
George Athan III
Senior Vice President, Dealership Operations

George was appointed Senior Vice President, Dealership Operations in 2018. George had previously served as Platform Senior Vice President West, of Holman Automotive. He has been part of the retail automotive industry for nearly 25 years. As part of Kuni Automotive, George served in various positions including General Manager and later as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, George provided oversight of Kuni Automotive's growth in national sales volume.


Craig Neuber
Senior Vice President, Dealership Services

Craig has served the Holman organization at the leadership level since 2011. After leading ARI's Strategic Consulting team for two years as Director, Craig applied his business acumen toward overseeing the growth and expansion of ARI's Germany operations as Vice President of European Strategy and Integration. Leveraging his extensive automotive industry expertise, Craig transitioned to Holman's retail organization in 2016 as Vice President of Retail Programs. Craig was promoted to his current role of Senior Vice President, Dealership Services in 2018. Prior to joining the Holman family of companies, Craig began his career with Mercedes-Benz where he held various managerial positions at both the retail and OEM level.  Craig holds a degree in Business Management from Johnson and Wales University and an MBA from Cornell University. 
 
 
Rick Deeck
Senior Vice President, Marketing 

Rick's career with the Holman family of companies began in 1996 when he joined ARI as a Jr. Accountant.  After spending several years in accounting, operations, customer service and then sales, Rick was promoted to manager of fleet solutions in 2005. As the pioneer of this newly created strategic role, Rick was responsible for promoting open communication and planning between visiting clients and their ARI teams. Rick was promoted to director of fleet solutions in 2007 and then director of marketing in 2010. In this expanded role, he continued to oversee the fleet solutions team in addition to marketing communications, market research, sales support and corporate events teams. Rick's marketing and communications expertise earned him increasing responsibility and scope inclusive of all Holman operating companies, culminating in his current role as senior vice president overseeing all of Holman's retail and commercial marketing, branding and communication efforts. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rutgers University.